Interior Minister: Jordan is a safe, stable country amidst volatile region, 1st, final add

Faraya noted that there is great cooperation and coordination between the Ministry of Interior and its counterparts in Iraq and Syria, but each country has its own capabilities and capacities, but each country must bear the burden of preventing any attempt to smuggle, pointing out that the quantities of narcotic substances seized during the first four months of this year, compared to last year, increased by about 6 million Captagon pills, most of which are directed to the Arab Gulf countries.

On the internal security situation, the Minister of Interior said that the crime rate in Jordan is within normal limits, the impact of the war on Gaza is minimal, and the government’s position is fully consistent with the position of the public, as Jordan has done everything it can politically and humanly to stand with the brothers in Gaza, and His Majesty King Abdullah II has moved diplomatically since the first day of the aggression to pressure towards stopping this war, as all Jordanians are united in solidarity to s
tand with the brothers in Gaza.

He added: “A strong Jordan is the only way to do more for our brothers and sisters in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We are keen to support the Palestinian National Authority to enable it to confront Israeli arrogance, as stability in the West Bank is very important for Jordan’s national security,” Faraya added.

On the 2024 parliamentary elections, Faraya stressed that the elections are a constitutional entitlement and holding the elections is proof of the government’s confidence in itself and its citizens in implementing all constitutional entitlements, noting that the Ministry of Interior is working on preparing voter lists to be ready before May 26, to proceed with the rest of the procedures set by the Independent Elections Commission.

Faraya described the 2024 elections as qualitative, as it includes for the first time a national party list, and all licensed parties have equal opportunities, and the greatest burden is on the citizen to choose a representative who expresse
s the opinions of his constituents.

Source: Jordan News Agency

MoEHE Holds “Teach Me” Festival for Students with Disabilities

Doha: The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) organized the “Teach Me” festival for students with disabilities who represented seven model and primary schools for boys and girls.

The festival was intended to include students with disabilities in schools and communities, in addition to developing their educational and physical skills.

Addressing the festival, Head of the Physical Education Department at the MoEHE Salman Al Hazmi noted the MoEHE’s pioneering role in empowering students with disabilities. He highlighted their rights as active members of society, along with the activities that help them engage in all activities.

The event lasted for one day at the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara and featured diverse sports, patrimonial and national shows and were concluded with an art tableau titled “Here is Qatar,” which was formed by all participating schools in a display expressing love for homeland and belonging.

The festival began as a project in 2022 to provide theoretical and practic
al programs and educational workshops. It aimed to train teachers to deal with students with disabilities and will run for three years until 2025.

Source: Qatar News Agency

QFFD Inaugurates Market of Lebanese Douma village After Restoration

Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), in collaboration with Batrouniyat Association, opened the Market of Douma village located north of Lebanon after it was restored as part of the State of Qatar’s commitment to promoting sustainable development to achieve stability and economic growth in the Arab region.

Held at the restored market, the opening ceremony was attended by HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Lebanon Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Director-General for Project Development at QFFD Sultan Ahmed Al Asiri, alongside HE Minister of Tourism in the Lebanese caretaker government Eng. Walid Nassar.

Douma was declared one of the best tourism villages for 2023, in recognition of its rich cultural patrimony and tourism potential. And a commemorative plaque was unveiled, positioning Douma as one of the pioneering attractive destinations for the cultural and patrimonial tourism.

The restoration of this market signifies the concerted efforts of maintaining heritage and economic
development for communities, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 8 that primarily focuses on promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. The market is poised to nurture the local labour, offer new job opportunities, and enhance the population’s income.

The project is a milestone within the unwavering efforts dedicated to reviving heritage and economy in this Lebanese village that will hopefully be a hub for trade and tourism, reflecting the always rich heritage and promising future.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Minister of Endowments Meets Prime Minister of Montenegro

HE Minister of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs, Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem, met with HE Prime Minister of the Republic of Montenegro, Milojko Spajic, as part of his visit to Montenegro.

HE the Minister of Endowments also met with HE Minister of Foreign Affairs Filip Ivanovic, and Speaker of the Parliament in Montenegro Andrija Mandic, during which they discussed ways to strengthen cooperation and relations between the two countries.

HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar (non-resident) to the Republic of Montenegro Faris bin Roumi Al Nuaimi attended the meetings.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Gaza Death Toll Surges to 35,386 Martyrs Due to Israeli Aggression

The number of casualties due to the Israeli aggression on the Gaza enclave since October 7 has risen to 35,386 martyrs and 79,366 injured, the Ministry of Health in Gaza reported on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health added that the Israeli occupation soldiers have committed nine massacres against families in the enclave, resulting in 83 martyrs and 105 injured, highlighting that this toll is what reached Gaza’s hospitals.

It stated that dozens of martyrs’ bodies are still laying on streets with paramedics and civil defense personnel being unable to retrieve them.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar Hosts GCC Technical Committee Meeting on Retirement and Social Insurance

Doha: The General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority (GRSIA) is hosting the 58th meeting of the Permanent Technical Committee for Retirement and Social Insurance Agencies in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries from May 20 to 22.

The meeting will be chaired by Director of Customer Management at GRSIA Ali Abdullah Al Kuwari with the attendance of committee members from the GCC countries.

The agenda includes updating the unified system for extending social insurance coverage, targeting unregistered workers through direct coordination, and addressing data related to pension disbursements, unemployment benefits, and retirees’ benefits.

The meeting will also discuss several initiatives, including updating a comparative study of civil retirement and social insurance systems, establishing electronic links between civil retirement and social insurance agencies, improving collection mechanisms, and initiatives for training and qualification, international cooperation, and the annual unified awarenes
s campaign.

Additionally, the meeting will review statistical indicators for the implementation of the unified social insurance protection system, regular seminars, the Civil Retirement and Social Insurance Funds Research Award, and the recognition of pioneering figures in civil retirement and social insurance.

The Permanent Technical Committee for Retirement and Social Insurance Agencies in the GCC holds regular meetings among member states. These meetings are crucial as they shape the shared vision and essential measures presented at the GCC Heads of Civil Retirement and Social Insurance Agencies’ meetings for appropriate decision-making.

Furthermore, the GRSIA will hold an introductory meeting between representatives of the Gulf countries’ retirement and social insurance agencies and employers in Qatar. This meeting will address the unified social insurance protection system and answer queries from GCC citizens and employers regarding related contributions and insurance rights. This event will take plac
e on Wednesday, May 22, at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel.

Source: Qatar News Agency